Kansas City Royals -- Called up RHP Steve Farr, former Cleveland Indian from the Washington, D.C., area who was 10-4, 2.02 ERA at AAA Omaha; sent down RHP Mike LaCoss (1-1, 5.09 ERA). Promoted IF Bob Hegman from Omaha to fill in for utility IF Buddy Biancalana, on DL with back spasms.

Chicago White Sox -- Signed RHP Steve Rogers, formerly with Montreal, to a contract with AAA Buffalo.

Minnesota Twins -- Scheduled former Los Angeles LHP Steve Howe for Friday workout, evidently in preparation for signing in time to pitch Sunday. Issued guidelines for media indicating Howe "will not discuss the drug issue (which led to his Dodgers exit) in any way, shape or form."

Atlanta Braves -- Recalled RHP Joe Johnson.

Cincinnati Reds -- Activated LHP Joe Price from disabled list, farmed LHP Bob Buchanan.

Chicago Cubs -- Recalled OF Billy Hatcher from AAA Iowa, returned RHP Dave Gumpert.

Houston Astros -- Recalled RHP Jeff Heathcock, sent down RHPs Charlie Kerfeld and Mark Knudson.

Montreal Expos -- Put LHP Dan Schatzeder on 15-day DL.

Pittsburgh Pirates -- Returned SS Johnnie LeMaster to DL, recalled SS Sam Khalifa.

Philadelphia Phillies -- Promoted RHP Dave Shipanoff, sent down RHP Rocky Childress. OBITUARY

John Rucker, 68, an outfielder dubbed the "Crabapple (Ga.) Comet" as a 1940-46 New York Giant (.272, career), died in Moultrie, Ga.; Alzheimer's disease. HORSE RACING

Hall of Fame -- Inducted in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., thoroughbred trainer Jack Van Berg, steeplechase trainer Burley Cocks, Calumet Farm champions Tim Tam and Davona Dale, steeplechase champions Cafe Prince and Fairmont, and the 19th century horse Henry of Navarre. FOOTBAL

Chicago Bears -- Signed LB Marcus Marek, a USFL standout become a free agent.

Minnesota Vikings -- Signed No. 1 draft pick, Pitt LB Chris Doleman.

New England Patriots -- Declared WR Gerard Phelan, draftee from Boston College, out for season after knee surgery. BASKETBALL

Detroit Pistons -- Reached multiyear contract agreement with G Joe Dumars, first-round draftee from McNeese State. SOCCER

European Federation -- A UEFA panel in Zurich rejected appeals by Juventus Turin and Liverpool F.C. against sanctions imposed after the May 29 Brussels riot calamity. On June 20, UEFA's Control and Disciplinary Commission barred Liverpool for three European club competition seasons and ordered Juventus to play its next two European Cup games before empty stadiums. COLLEGES

Cheyney -- Drew one-year NCAA probation in women's basketball for recruitment violations, primarily involving four prospective players in October 1983, and "false and misleading" information about it from the coach. It will not affect eligibility for postseason play or TV appearances.